MCN Fleet

These are the 11 new-for-2021 bikes that will be joining this year’s MCN long-term test fleet. From off-roaders to nakeds, superbikes to adventure machines, our team of highly experienced riders will be taking them on road, track and dirt – hopefully both at home and abroad – to cut through the marketing hype and find out just how well each one performs.

Along the way we’ll be testing tyres, kit and hard-parts, speaking to experts and owners, logging every tank of fuel and enjoying each and every mile in order to bring you the most thorough review possible. And if you own one of these models, please get in touch with us and we’ll compare notes.

To read each bike's full review, click on the images below. We will continue to update these pages as the year progresses. There will also be plenty of posts to social media, our #ride5000miles page and videos on our YouTube channel.

Click on the pictures below:

2021 Aprilia RS660 long-term test
Harley-Davidson Pan America long-term test
BMW S1000R long-term test
 Suzuki Hayabusa long-term test
 Triumph Trident 660 long-term test  KTM 890 Adventure R long-term test
 Honda CRF300 Rally long-term test  Kawasaki ZX-10R long-term test
 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT long-term test  Ducati Multistrada V4 S long-term test
 Read MCN's expert Moto Guzzi V7 long-term test here Watch a video playlist of our long-termers in action 


MCN Fleet 2021 videos

View a selection of expert video reviews of some of our long-term test bikes from their respective launches.

Triumph Trident 660

Ducati Multistrada V4 S

Aprilia RS660


Check out previous MCN Fleets below:

Read MCN's 2020 long-term test reports here Read about MCN's 2019 long-term test fleet here Read 2018 MCN long-term test reports here  

MCN Fleet: 5252 miles on our BMW S1000R

MCN Fleet: 5252 miles on our BMW S1000R

600 miles  26 May, 5pm: take delivery. Having had the original S1000R in 2014, which I loved, I can’t wait to ride the new one. It’s much like the old bike, albeit that bit more refined and...

MCN Fleet: A lesson on how to corner on track with the Moto Guzzi V7

MCN Fleet: A lesson on how to corner on track with the Moto Guzzi V7

In my last update, I mentioned riding around Silverstone as part of the Day of Champions on the  Moto Guzzi V7. It was my first time ever on a track, even though it was part of a procession, and...

MCN Fleet: Can you really tour on a Kawasaki ZX-10R?

MCN Fleet: Can you really tour on a Kawasaki ZX-10R?

Screaming around the British countryside on a sunny Sunday afternoon as though it’s the mid-noughties is one thing, but what about those times you want to go a little further afield? The ZX-10R’s...

MCN Fleet: Adding protection and effortless usability to the Ducati Multistrada V4S

MCN Fleet: Adding protection and effortless usability to the Ducati Multistrada V4S

In my last update I promised to talk about the very few non-standard bolt-ons that I’ve, er, bolted on in the pursuit of protection and usability. It’s not a long list. I’m not really a trinkets...

MCN Fleet: The Suzuki Hayabusa takes on its first trackday

MCN Fleet: The Suzuki Hayabusa takes on its first trackday

"You’re not actually planning on riding that around here, are you?" They’re all sniggering as I roll up.  Yet what the other trackday-goers waiting to get out on circuit at Blyton Park don’t...

MCN Fleet: So how delirious is Ali some 22 hours, 1078 miles, 7 espressos later

MCN Fleet: So how delirious is Ali some 22 hours, 1078 miles, 7 espressos later

For some mad reason I’ve agreed to take part in an Iron Butt SaddleSore, so along with Justin on a BMW F900XR, I’m putting myself and the Yamaha Tracer 9GT to the test. The plan is to ride 1000 miles...

MCN Fleet: Honda CRF300 Rally takes on a bit of moist motorway service

MCN Fleet: Honda CRF300 Rally takes on a bit of moist motorway service

I don’t know how it does it, but every year, there is one month that always comes up trumps, and this year was no exception, I am talking about September, it manages to show up August every time. I...

MCN Fleet: Two new screen solutions tested on the KTM 890 Adventure R

MCN Fleet: Two new screen solutions tested on the KTM 890 Adventure R

Those of you who have read anything about my life with the KTM 890 Adventure R will know that it’s pretty much everything I want from an adventure bike. Incredibly capable off-road, whilst being fast...

MCN Fleet: What’s really worth installing on your Aprilia RS 660

MCN Fleet: What’s really worth installing on your Aprilia RS 660

When I first took the keys to the Aprilia RS 660, my mission was clear: I wanted to turn it into the ultimate arrive-and-ride trackday bike. I’ve experimented with tyres, fitted accessories and even...

MCN Fleet: Trident tweaks for touring

MCN Fleet: Trident tweaks for touring

Hinckley’s newest sports tourer was revealed in the August 25 issue, with the Tiger Sport 660 promising more comfort than the naked Trident. However, I’m an impatient sod, so while we’re waiting for...

MCN Fleet: Forget everything you know about a Harley

MCN Fleet: Forget everything you know about a Harley

Speaking very personally, the Harley-Davidson Pan America is one of the most exciting bikes I’ve been able to test in my entire time at MCN. Why? Because I genuinely didn’t have a clue what it would...

MCN Fleet: The Honda Fireblade SP finds a permanent home

MCN Fleet: The Honda Fireblade SP finds a permanent home

Maybe it’s the 'Lockdown Effect', or perhaps it’s what’s known as a mid-life crisis (they’re not just for men, you know?) But whatever the reason, the result is I’m now the proud co-owner of a 2020...

MCN Fleet: Can the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro devour its rivals?

MCN Fleet: Can the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro devour its rivals?

My love affair with adventure bikes started way back in 2006 when I blagged a go on a friends KTM 950 Adventure. I was still into my sports bikes at the time, mainly 600 supersports but the KTM...

MCN Fleet: A Ducati Streetfighter for less?

MCN Fleet: A Ducati Streetfighter for less?

This is my third Ducati Streetfighter – I love ‘em. The latest V4 option is far from cheap, but there is a more affordable way to own one: get a used 1098 or 848 model.  My first Streetfighter...

MCN Fleet: Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT post-it pad video review

MCN Fleet: Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT post-it pad video review

After a year living with the Suzuki V-Strom 1050 XT, News Editor Jordan Gibbons gives his video verdict. Watch the full film above and catch previous updates below. Related: Full Suzuki V-Strom...

MCN Fleet: The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is good, but not perfect

MCN Fleet: The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is good, but not perfect

I couldn’t believe my luck when I was entrusted with KTM’s 1290 Super Duke GT. Grabbing the keys in early February, I couldn’t wait to put its 173bhp V-twin to the test on track and lose my European...

MCN Fleet Yamaha Ténéré 700 long-term test round-up

MCN Fleet Yamaha Ténéré 700 long-term test round-up

I’ve spent the strangest year of my life as custodian of the Yamaha Ténéré 700 and some of the best bits of it were spent in the saddle. Here’s how the last 12 months unfolded. Previous MCN Fleet...

MCN Fleet: Auf Wiedersehen Pet! Fond farewell to the BMW F900XR

MCN Fleet: Auf Wiedersehen Pet! Fond farewell to the BMW F900XR

It was a difficult year to put miles on a long-term test bike and I've given it back feeling like I had much to learn. Here's a timeline of what I did manage to acheive with the bike and you can find...

MCN Fleet: Where did 2020 go on the Kawasaki Z H2

MCN Fleet: Where did 2020 go on the Kawasaki Z H2

Well, I feel I have blinked and missed 2020, which actually may be a good thing in some ways. I do though feel I have been robbed of some of the fun times I could have had out on the truly bonkers...

MCN Fleet: Would I buy the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports?

MCN Fleet: Would I buy the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports?

Last week, a reader asked me if I have a favourite manufacturer – not something I’ve really thought about before – and that got me thinking about my own bikes and the Honda Africa Twin I’ve now spent...

MCN Fleet: Video round-up of 2020 with the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

MCN Fleet: Video round-up of 2020 with the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

See the video above to find out what Gareth thinks of the Interceptor after spending 2020 riding, modifying and working it.  Update 8: Further afield on our Enfield First published...

MCN Fleet: time to wash and go

MCN Fleet: time to wash and go

It’s time to wave goodbye to the Honda CBR650R and I’ll be really sad to see it go. Related: full expert Honda CBR650R review on MCN One of my concerns at the start of this long-term test was that...

MCN Fleet: Waving goodbye to Kawasaki’s Green Giant

MCN Fleet: Waving goodbye to Kawasaki’s Green Giant

'Christ this thing’s big… I’m not sure what I’ve got myself in for here,' is what I told myself as I wobbled out of the MCN carpark for the first-time aboard Kawasaki’s Versys 1000 SE almost a year...

MCN Fleet: Commuting is a piece of cake on the Yamaha XMAX 400

MCN Fleet: Commuting is a piece of cake on the Yamaha XMAX 400

This time of year depresses me - the days are grey, nights are long and winter feels like it’s never going to end. There is one ray of sunshine though, my daily commute on the Yamaha XMAX 400...

MCN Fleet: KTM 790 Adventure R delivers on its potential

MCN Fleet: KTM 790 Adventure R delivers on its potential

The start of every year is always filled with such high expectation of rides, adventures and quality time on your bike. But life is busy and it’s so easy for the summer months to drift past and you...

MCN Fleet: The cat's out of the bag for the Scrambler XE

MCN Fleet: The cat's out of the bag for the Scrambler XE

The look of a bike is one thing, but the sound of a bike, well now you’re talking. For me, my ultimate is a big thumping single. To my ears, it’s unbeatable. The big twin Triumph Scrambler 1200XE...

MCN Fleet: A grand off the Suzuki Katana could prove tempting

MCN Fleet: A grand off the Suzuki Katana could prove tempting

Suzuki somewhat jumped on the bandwagon with the 2019 Katana having no doubt seen the success of the Kawasaki Z900RS. Take a tried and tested road bike, in this case the Suzuki GSX-S1000, give it a...

MCN Fleet: Torquey Triumph Speed Twin shows mercy on its stock tyres

MCN Fleet: Torquey Triumph Speed Twin shows mercy on its stock tyres

Looking back on those heady days of Springtime, when the tarmac was warm and the Triumph Speed Twin's odometer was only showing triple digits, I distinctly remember wondering about how much abuse the...

MCN Fleet: Simon meets another owner to swap Scrambler stories

MCN Fleet: Simon meets another owner to swap Scrambler stories

One of the cool things about niche bikes like the Ducati Scrambler Café Racer is that owners tend to be real enthusiasts and there are a couple of really active Facebook groups where the Scrambleristi...

MCN Fleet: Final Farewell for Ducati Diavel 1260S

MCN Fleet: Final Farewell for Ducati Diavel 1260S

It’s been an interesting year of riding; not my most enjoyable but that’s not the fault of the beautiful Ducati Diavel 1260S. The bike’s a stunner and has a shopping list of top spec parts that...

MCN Fleet: 21 weeks, 9096 miles and one hell of a ride

MCN Fleet: 21 weeks, 9096 miles and one hell of a ride

419 miles Friday 31 May. Moments after grabbing the keys to my 2019 BMW S1000RR I’m heading to the Nürburgring, marvelling at my Beemer’s lightness and low-down torque. Cruise control, heated...

MCN Fleet: Can Yamaha’s Niken GT cut it as a genuine mile-muncher?

MCN Fleet: Can Yamaha’s Niken GT cut it as a genuine mile-muncher?

It’s just gone 1.30am as I fire up the Niken’s triple and prepare to negotiate my way off the Steam Packet’s catamaran on my return from the Isle of Man. I’m one of the last to leave, mainly because...

MCN Fleet: 4600 miles in on the Indian FTR1200S

MCN Fleet: 4600 miles in on the Indian FTR1200S

For the most part, the Indian FTR1200S is great out of the crate but (there’s always a but) the stock Dunlop DT3-R tyres leave a lot of room for improvement. In the dry they’re fine but the savage...

MCN Fleet: The BMW R1250GSA is a robot with personality

MCN Fleet: The BMW R1250GSA is a robot with personality

I really wanted to find a catastrophic flaw in the BMW R1250GSA’s skill set this year. It’s nothing personal, but having covered around 35,000 miles on GSs over the last five years, the cachet of...

MCN Fleet: It's the final countdown...for the Yamaha Tracer 900GT

MCN Fleet: It's the final countdown...for the Yamaha Tracer 900GT

Update 15: Retracing My Steps It’s been a fun-filled ten months and life won’t be the same now I’ve said goodbye to the Yamaha Tracer 900GT. With my longest solo tour to date, and weekends away with...

MCN Fleet: The Suzuki SV650X is like owning a puppy

MCN Fleet: The Suzuki SV650X is like owning a puppy

Or at least I think it is… Over the last 11 months the £6199 Suzuki SV650X has wormed its way into my heart and I will be sad to see it go back to its true custodians in the coming weeks. With...